'Heaven Is For Real' Takes $7.85M on Good Friday, Topping 'Transcendence' ($4.82M)April 19, 2014 04:05 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Captain America: The Winter Soldier led its third Friday of release with $9.57 million, increasing its domestic total to $184.5 million through 15 days of release--17 percent ahead of Thor: The Dark World at the same point. BoxOffice projects a strong $24.5 million Easter weekend take for the Marvel sequel.

Rio 2 is also holding its own with $9.2 million yesterday, giving it $62.1 million after 8 days in release. The animated sequel is running 5 percent behind the pace of the 2011 original film. BoxOffice projects Rio 2 will earn $22.5 million in its sophomore frame.

Sony's Heaven Is for Real continues to perform well in its extended Easter weekend launch as it pulled off an upset over Transcendence yesterday. After bringing in $7 million combined on Wednesday and Thursday, the faith-based adaptation earned another $7.85 million on Good Friday as the film continues to crossover between mainstream and church-going audiences. BoxOffice projects Heaven will tally $19 million over the 3-day frame, giving it a strong 5-day start of $26 million through Easter Sunday. The film's Flixster score is a very encouraging 80 percent, on par with Son of God's 82 percent on the first Saturday of its release.

Warner Bros. reports that Transcendence earned a meager $4.82 million on Good Friday--including Thursday night's $850,000 early show debut. From there, BoxOffice projects a disastrous $12.2 million weekend for the $100 million+ sci-fi flick. By comparison, 2011's Source Code opened to $5.1 million before going to a $14.8 million opening weekend in April 2011. Early word of mouth isn't doing Transcendence any favors as WB reports audiences gave the pic a poor C+ Cinemascore, while the film's Flixster approval/anticipation rating is down to 50 percent after just one day of release. The writing was on the wall going into release as Rotten Tomatoes critics rate it a mere 19 percent fresh as of Saturday morning.

A Haunted House 2 brought in $4.03 million for its first day, significantly down from its predecessor's $6.8 million opening Friday. BoxOffice projects a soft $9.8 million weekend. Critics, unsurprisingly, disapprove of the film (7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but Flixster's community gives the film a 75 percent score as of Saturday morning.

Rounding out the weekend's new releases, Disneynature's Bears pulled a modest $2.3 million yesterday and is projected to earn $5.4 million over Easter weekend. While that's noticeably down from Chimpanzee's $3.55 million opening day two years ago, it should be noted that Earth Day fell on Sunday that year while Easter had already passed two weeks earlier. With Earth Day 2014 landing on this coming Tuesday, Bears could see slight back-loading after the weekend. Critics' reviews (88 percent) and early word of mouth (80 percent on Flixster) appear healthy.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jun. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$2,686,990-19%2,536--$1,060$40,055,4551Universal
2Now You See Me$2,433,6931%3,02095$806$65,767,9002Lionsgate / Summit
3Fast & Furious 6$2,072,205-4%3,77185$550$207,032,3803Universal
4The Internship$1,815,568-11%3,366--$539$21,171,9171Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$1,378,3853%3,152-433$437$202,578,9284Paramount
7After Earth$1,228,770-1%3,4010$361$48,575,8332Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$847,163-7%3,242-323$261$104,095,9823Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$654,328-2%2,351-544$278$395,606,6916Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$603,2670%2,160-475$279$137,373,9785Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$137,9744%5801$238$18,860,3397Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$109,4511%414-92$264$181,866,31112Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$42,475-12%370-131$115$93,015,7729Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$32,7804%298-59$110$88,538,1408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$27,9020%23687$118$98,166,65012FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,7063%236-50$109$121,950,86211Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,55616%182-86$118$56,588,42617Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$14,23121%1309$109$9,149,8575Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$11,2594%13431$84$21,277,56711Focus
10Pain and Gain$11,1475%175-32$64$49,237,6517Paramount
11Quartet$6,82951%11497$60$18,313,48622Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$25,393-12%4440$577$348,8662CBS Films
2The East$21,122-15%4137$515$382,0302Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$16,9722%7031$242$1,125,1975Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$14,3600%751$191$1,105,2867Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,947-14%5--$2,589$199,9581Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,95884%300$265$22,772,524114Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Sapphires$7,24916%55-3$132$2,289,74612Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$6,98841%92-34$76$21,385,8847Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$6,83244%520$131$12,766,05360Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Lost and Found in Armenia$6,765-9%9--$752$64,0691High Top Releasing
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,27312%29-9$182$455,8666eOne Films US
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,641-8%2514$186$138,3693Focus World
13Jack the Giant Slayer$3,924-3%58-85$68$65,179,82915Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,462-12%11--$224$31,1931eOne Films US
15Scary Movie 5$2,1192%510$42$31,438,0519Weinstein / Dimension
16Not Today$1,84467%191$97$281,4509Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,343-4%17--$79$13,6091Freestyle Releasing
18Hello Herman$508-24%15--$34$7,1641Freestyle Releasing
19From Up on Poppy Hill$448-22%10-2$45$994,53313GKIDS
20Emperor$26232%5-1$52$3,345,78014Roadside Attractions
21Spring Breakers$192-40%5-35$38$14,124,28613A24
22Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$16100%3--$5$2,5362Cinema Purgatorio